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Anchor hauled up; is it 222-year-old relic from Vancouver’s fleet?
June, 2014 | The Seattle Times
A crane  off Whidbey Island hauled up a lost ship’s anchor that a group of history buffs believe is the only surviving relic of Capt. George Vancouver’s famed 1792 voyage into Puget Sound.

Group proposes recycling old 520 bridge into public marina
May, 2014 | King 5 News
SEATTLE -- A new plan is being "floated" to recycle the old Evergreen Point Bridge across Lake Washington, and turn it into a public marina on Elliott Bay.

Crescent Bar Closed to Boaters for Summer 2014
May, 2014 | King 5 News
Businesses are feeling the economic ripples due to the damaged Wanapum Dam.Thirty-seven miles of the river upstream are now at historic low levels and due to public safety concerns are off limits to the public.

Centre designed to establish new paddling district in Nanaimo
May, 2014 | Nanaimo News Bulletin
The Nanaimo Boathouse Society will float concepts for a new civic paddling centre to the city’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission with hopes of getting early support to move the project ahead.

Bellingham Boat Builder Begins Work on 2 Ferries
April, 2014 | The Bellingham Herald
BELLINGHAM - A local waterfront boat builder is about to begin a major project that is expected to bring improved passenger ferry service to King County.

Boat sinks near Texada Island Women swims to shore
April, 2014 | CBC News
Initial reports were that the woman managed to survive a six-hour swim back to shore in the 10 C water. But police have since raised doubts about that scenario and say alcohol may have played a role in the incident.

Inspections at Lake Whatcom, Samish boat launches
April, 2014 | The Bellingham Herald
BELLINGHAM - Kayaks and canoes will come under the scrutiny of invasive-species inspectors this year, when the city's boat inspection program kicks off April 26th. Paddle boards, kite boards and inflatables less than 10 feet long do not require permits,

Boost for boaters & clean water in Gig & Quartermaster Harbor
March, 2014 | Port Orchard Independent
VASHON — Boaters at Vashon Island’s Quartermaster Marina or Gig Harbor’s new Maritime Pier this season will find a welcome new amenity: a state-of-the-art automated pumpout station, making it easier to empty their onboard waste cleanly and safety

The Boat Guy - Gear Up!

Hydroplane racing legend Chip Hanauer is in a new public service campaign called "Gear Up."

“Gear Up” uses the analogy of wearing proper sports equipment with wearing a life jacket to
prevent accidental drownings in Washington State.

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2 Boats Collide on Lake Washington Near Leschi

by on 07/17/14

A young woman was killed Wednesday night when a sailboat and power boat collided on Lake Washington.

The operators of both boats are under investigation for boating under the influence of alcohol. The accident happened North of Leschi around 10:40 p.m. Both boats were towed to a dock located at Lake Washington Blvd and East Jefferson Street in Seattle. See KIRO 7 News report.


Information Released for the 2014 Lake Union Boats Afloat Show.

by on 07/14/14

SEATTLE July 14, 2014 Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show will get underway this year on Wednesday September 10th and continues through Sunday 14th, 2014.  Click here to view full press release and details.

Victoria man to try paddleboarding across Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles

by on 07/11/14

VICTORIA — A Victoria man will make an attempt to paddle his stand-up paddleboard across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles, perhaps as soon as Sunday.

Darren Bachiu, 36, thinks he may be the first person to ever make the attempt on the surfboard-like craft.
He cannot find any record of anyone making the crossing on a paddleboard, which he uses to explore Vancouver Island's coast.

“This is a challenge. I will give it a go and hope to get it done on the first run,” Bachiu said.

If, for some reason he fails to make it on that first try, he said he plans to try again until he succeeds.

“I will paddle until my arms fall off,” he said.

The timing of his attempt will depend on tides and weather. Tides would work in his favor on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, and look even better on July 15, Bachiu said. See full story at Peninsula Daily News.

Boat Fire in Anacortes | July 7th, 2014

by on 07/08/14

Reports of the fire says it was a 40 foot vessel however from the picture it looks to be a 54 foot Bayliner or Meridian Pilothouse.

ANACORTES — The Fire Department battled a fire on a 40-foot boat in the ...Anacortes Marina. The boat is located in the A dock, Fire Chief Richard Curtis said, but nearby boats have already been moved to a safe location.

“What we’ve done so far is removed the boats next to it so we don’t have the exposure,” Curtis said. The boat was unoccupied, officials said. No one has been injured fighting the fire. Source:

Ferry crew rescues man who fell from boat in Elliott Bay

by on 06/24/14

SEATTLE | June 23rd  -- A crew from the ferry boat Wenatchee rescued a man who had been knocked off his boat into the chilly waters of Elliott Bay Monday afternoon.

The Coast Guard... received a distress call around 11 a.m., stating a man was clinging to the side of his boat in the waters near the Elliott Bay Marina, said Kyle Moore with Seattle Fire. The man eventually fell into the water.

The Washington State ferry Wenatchee and Coast Guard responded to help, with a crew from the Wenatchee reaching the man first and plucking him from the water. See full story at KOMO News:

Aerial footage of the M/V Polar Bear in San Diego on June 19th.

by on 06/21/14

Aerial footage of the M/V Polar Bear in San Diego on June 19th.

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‘Raise the Paddle’ Takes on New Meaning at Inaugural Paddle for Parkinson’s Event on July 26

by on 06/12/14

Local kayakers and SUP-ers invited to spend a day on the water paddling to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research

 SEATTLE – June 11, 2014 We’re all familiar with raise the paddle. It’s that moment at an auction or fundraiser event when you’re asked to dig deep, open your wallet and make a monetary donation directly towards the non-profit hosting the event. However on July 26, raise your paddle will mean something entirely different. At the inaugural Paddle for Parkinson’s regional event, organizers are inviting all paddlers and want-to-be paddlers to come out and raise their paddles and dip them into the water for a 4-mile race or a 1-mile fun paddle to raise awareness for Parkinson disease (PD). Event organizers hope the fun day on the water will raise $10,000 to benefit the Washington Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)

 See full press release.

Anchor hauled up; is it 222-year-old relic from Vancouver’s fleet?

by on 06/10/14

A crane on Monday off Whidbey Island hauled up a lost ship’s anchor that a group of history buffs believe is the only surviving relic of Capt. George Vancouver’s famed 1792 voyage into Puget Sound. See full story at The Seattle Times.

Washington State Park officials mull higher marine fees

by on 06/08/14

SEATTLE -- If you're a boater on Puget Sound what you pay to moor at marine state parks could be going up. Washington State Parks is asking boaters for their ideas and feedback before any fee changes are made.

Boaters are invited to take an online 30-question confidential survey that takes about five to 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is June 15th.

It currently costs 60 cents a foot to moor on a state park dock overnight.  The state is asking boaters if they would consider paying 80 cents a foot. That means a 30-foot boat would pay approximately $25 per night. The agency is also asking boaters to consider an increase for buoy moorage.  Overnight moorage on buoy could increase from $12 to $15.  Annual moorage and seasonal permits could also change. Full story at KOMO News.

National Marina Day at Shilshole Bay Marina

by on 06/05/14

National Marina Day & Open Boat Showcase at Shilshole Bay Marina Saturday June 14th from 8:30 to 4pm.


‘Blue Blaster’: Museum works to restore legendary hydroplane

by on 06/03/14

The Atlas Van Lines, also known as the ‘Blue Blaster,’ is set to run at Seafair this summer after more than four years of restoration work by crew members at the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in Kent. See full story at Auburn Reporter.

Oak Harbor man catches 103-pound halibut with 'Southern remedy'

by on 06/02/14

Brian Punch of Oak Harbor displays a 103-pound halibut he caught in Puget Sound near Anacortes May 9.

Heather Reed, Coastal Marine Resources Policy Coordinator with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said Punch’s halibut is the biggest she’s heard of caught in Puget Sound so far this season from reported samplings that tend to trickle in slowly.Heather Reed, Coastal Marine Resources Policy Coordinator with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said Punch’s halibut is the biggest she’s heard of caught in Puget Sound so far this season from reported samplings that tend to trickle in slowly.  See full story at Whidbey News-Times:

Salvaging Steinbeck’s Vessel From a Little-Known Berth

by on 05/29/14

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — A wooden fishing boat that John Steinbeck chartered in 1940 with a biologist friend, then wrote about in a story of their journey through the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, sits in sad, decaying splendor in a boatyard here, two hours northwest of Seattle.

People have come from as far away as Liverpool, England, to see the vessel, named the Western Flyer. Full story from the New York Times:

Seattle Fishermen Mark 100 Years Of Toil

by on 05/29/14

You know it's the start of the fishing season at Fishermen's Terminal in Seattle when a familiar smell is in the air: coconut-scented sunscreen.

The Alaska salmon fishing season is about to start its 100th year in operation out of Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle. See full story at

MV Salish Responder christened, in service at Langley

by on 05/29/14

Lanny Workman, a retired South Whidbey Fire/EMS battalion chief, christens the MV Salish Responder during a ceremony at South Whidbey Harbor.

See full story at South Whidbey Record:

Restored boat floats again

by on 05/26/14

After years in Doug McDonnell’s backyard, the No. 706 had its relaunch in a special event at the Gig Harbor BoatShop. See full story at

Bremerton Marina Turns National Marina Day into a Weekend-Long Rendezvous

by on 05/19/14

BREMERTON, Wash., – MAY 19, 2014 (press release) – Last year’s Marina Day at Bremerton Marina was such a success that this year they decided to extend it and make it a weekend-long event and rendezvous.

Boaters who choose to arrive on Friday night, June 13th, will be treated to a private complimentary showing of Pirates of the Caribbean at the nearby SEEfilm Theatre (located just two blocks from the marina), post-show live music onboard the historic MV Kirkland in the marina, and free moorage on Saturday night. Saturday is chock full of activities, including presentations from legendary hydroplane racer Chip Hanauer, Waggoner Cruising Guide publisher Mark Bunzel, Bremerton Sail and Power Squadron classes, including an all-day course for obtaining a Washington State Boater Education Card, complimentary boat inspections, live music, a beer garden and more. See full details - press release here.

90-foot Yacht Capsized in Anacortes

by on 05/19/14

A 90ft Yacht capsized overnight while it was being launched near Anacortes, dumping six people in the water.  It was a chaotic scene as rescuers rushed in to pull the six people aboard out of the water. 2 people sent to the hospital. An investigation is pending. Story source from KOMO News and KIRO News.

Image: KIRO News:

Thinking about heading to Crescent Bar this year with your boat or jetski? Think again!

by on 05/15/14

Crescent Bar and the surrounding areas will be out of commission for boaters this year as the water level has dropped due to damage on the Wanapum Dam. Most waterways are off limits to the public and the Crescent Bar docks and resort is high and dry. Reports say it will most likely stay this way for the next 4 to 6 months if not longer. See full story at King 5 news.


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What is believed by a group of amateur historians to be an anchor from the Vancouver expedition is pulled out of the water off Whidbey Island. Plans are to have the anchor stored for viewing for several weeks in Port Townsend.  Photo: Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times
520 pontoon marina concept involves taking 2 of the bridge's 33 pontoons & dragging them to the Elliott Bay waterfront near Pier 50.  The marina would be protected by the large concrete structures. Source: King 5 News
The Grant County Public Utility District (PUD) which operates the dam, said a fracture at the base of the dam forced them to lower the river level to protect it. The PUD blamed the problem on a mathematical error made by engineers designing the dam 50 years ago.  Source: King 5 News
A Nanaimo not-for-profit organization is looking to transform the Newcastle Channel into a “paddling district”.The rendering by architect Ian Niamath provides a look of a new paddling centre. Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin
All American Marine hosted a ceremony on Friday, April 25, to kick off construction work on two aluminum passenger ferries for the King County Ferry District. Each boat will be about 105 feet long and carry up to 250 passengers.  Source: Bellingham Herald
Jordan Patrick Beaudoin, 38, of Sechelt, and his wife, who has not been identified, were on a five-metre (16-foot) open boat on their way back from a day of recreational fishing at the north end of Texada Island when they ran into trouble. Jordan was lost. Source: CBC News
Jim Buchanan of Bellingham kayaks on Lk. Whatcom March 16, 2011 in Bellingham. Boat inspections to prevent harmful shellfish from entering the lake will include canoes, kayaks & rowboats in 2014 . Paddle boards & inflatables less than 10ft do not require permits. Source: Bellingham Herald
Along with the new Q.M. Marina and Gig Harbor facilities, grant funds will provide new or replacement pumpout systems at the Kingston, Everett and Port Angeles, portable pumpout units at Friday Harbor and Orcas Island’s Rosario Resort, and assistance mobile services. Source; Port Orchard Independent
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